Curiousity got the better of me and after a couple of minorish ebay sales I had enough, sort of, to get another smartphone that I probably (inevitably) won’t like as much as my treo’s or Centro. I remember Shaun at pda247 going on about his HTC Excalibur/T-mobile Dash thingy…my God, he used it for about 6 months so it must have been decent…so I had found myself drawn to the follow up model, the S630.
So, that was the one I bought this week from expansys. Now, this has to be some sort of import model or something as I’ve never read about it being officially launched in the UK and as such it comes with a euro twin pronged plug and no UK adaptor….you would have though expansys might have mentioned that in their splurb. It does not, well mine didn’t anyway, come with any sort of "regional adaptor". Luckily, if there is one thing I have plenty of it’s mini usb chargers.
I’m not sure if I like this thing enough to keep it, it has been playing up a little as apps have refused to launch at times and it tells me that files are missing too. Very strange behaviour. Another irritation is that it won’t let me switch to GSM only and just use WIFI for downloading despite there being an apparant option under the Phone settings to do so. This would be a nice way to conserve battery life but I seem to be stuck with it struggling to lock onto 3G unless I am standing directly below a 200ft reception mast, well that’s how it feels anyway. I’m not going to do a full blown review as I may end up sending it back but I would say that the keyboard is good to go, it feels well made and sits nicely in the hand. The specs are good too. It’s pretty thin and feels and in fact is smaller all round than the Moto Q9 I had a few months ago.
See, another gadget that I had the hots for and have ended up, admittedly it is early doors, feeling a bit disappointed by it. You would think I’d have learned my lesson by now but oh no…mind you, a dramatic turnaround could take place and this time next week it could be the greatest thing since my Centro.
To Adrian…yes, I feel comfortable about using the Revo in front of clients as I don’t think it is a nerdy looking device and perhaps just as importantly, I can actually type on it quickly in those meetings so I don’t end up looking stupid in front of people…well, no more than usual anyway. In the past, I have tried to use a treo and a TX in meetings but had to give up as I couldn’t type quickly enough on them to make any sense of my notes post-meeting. The Revo just feels like a mini laptop. Hope that answers your question.
I ended up buying a serial cable off ebay for the Ericsson MC218 as that will enable me to connect it to my work laptop and hopefully do the same sort of syncing and file exchanging that I can do with the Revo Plus. I can’t decide whether I like the Revo Plus or MC218 better as each has their plus points…the MC218 has a useful backlight, expandable memory and a bigger (and better?) keyboard whereas is let down, in my view, by using AA batteries and bulkier form factor. The Revo Plus is more pocketable, has a rechargeable internal battery which I prefer but no expandable memory or backlight. For on the fly typing of Word docs and at the price you can pick these up for off ebay they have to be considered both fantastic value and near unbeatable.